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PHOTOS: Raila distances himself from NCCK prime minister talk

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s opposition leader, Raila Odinga, Thursday met with former assistant secretary of state for African affair and ex-ambassador to Kenya, Jonnie Carson, at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, who was in the US capital to give a talk on the political situation in Kenya, distanced himself from the calls for the creation of prime minister’s post, as championed by a section of National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK).

“”I am not desperate for a job and that is a cheap way of looking at it,” he said.

On the ongoing presidential election petitions at the Supreme court, Odinga said; “The outcome of the current petitions will not be the solution for Kenya’s crisis.”

Kenyan opposition leader, Raila Odinga (Center) poses for a photo with former assistant secretary for African Affairs, Amb Johnnie Carson and former US ambassador to Kenya Mark Bellamy. PHOTO/BMJ MURIITHI

Odinga,  who pulled out of the presidential election in late October, chastised the West for what he called a lackluster interest in promotion of democracy in Africa and urged Washington to do more.

“The same standards for other countries should apply for African nations,”  he told the packed auditorium.

Carson is best remembered for his “Choices have consequences” quip, shortly before the 2013 Kenya general election which was taken by many to mean that he opposed the election of the Uhuruto duo, who were then facing charges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

Mr Odinga sits down with BMJ Muriithi for a one-on-one interview Thursday.

He was the US envoy to Kenya between 1999 and 2003 and was named as assistant secretary of state for the bureau of African affairs on May 7, 2009.

At the CSIS on Thursday, Mr Odinga told of how Kenya is headed in the wrong direction following a series of events leading to the recently concluded repeat presidential election.

The event coordinator, Mark Bellamy, who also served as the an envoy to Kenya, had earlier told the audience that Mr Odinga would offer a prognosis  for Kenya’s democratic, health, peace and stability.

In the auditorium, among others, was the deputy Chief of Mission at Kenya’s embassy in Washington, David Kahiro Gavccheru.

 

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DIASPORA HUSTLES: How a sofa I had taken from a dumpster in US earned me a date with a cop

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BY BOB MWITI

Life in America can be very humbling, especially when you are starting off.

After I graduated with my master’s degree here in America, I rented a studio apartment in one of the not-so-nice neighborhood in Philadelphia. During the day, I would help the caretaker with some cleaning of the common areas of the building and also in doing some repairs and paintwork. For that work, I would get something at the end of the week, enough to keep me going.

My studio abode was on the 5th floor of this old crammed building that sat next to a railway line. Down at the back side of the building lay the dumpster where all kind of “valuables” such as old TVs, music systems, mattresses, etc would be tossed…sometimes all the way from the top floor by the crazy residents.

During my cleaning duties, I would make sure that all of the mess around the dumpster was taken care of.

One day, during my usual duties, I found this unbelievably good used couch that I immediately thought would be a good addition to my studio which had nothing other than a mattress, no bed and only 2 pots and a plate!..My God of heaven & earth had answered my prayers!…and the Devil of poverty was on the cusp of defeat.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

It was a gigantic couch and I urgently needed some help to take it all the way up to the 5th floor. I awkwardly reached out to a resident I had made friends with, and we went on a mission to take it all the way up!…with a promise of getting him a case of budlight beer! The trip up to the 5th floor took an eternity….we were all soaked in sweat.

Now, this is why they say the devil is a liar!!!.😂😂😂…What I didn’t know was that after all the hard work of pushing it all the way up, the stupid thing would never fit into my little door to my studio….😭😭😭😭….Tried endlessly until the guy gave up and left . I had no choice but to leave the damn thing on the hall way!!!..Well, the next day the caretaker and a cop were knocking on my door seeking an explanation as to why I was blocking the hallway!

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US Publishes strict guidelines for immigrants who come in as Sheep/Goat Herders

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today published a policy memorandum (PM) that requires requests for temporary foreign workers for range sheep or goat herding or production be subject to the same requirements as other temporary agricultural workers.

USCIS is issuing this PM to ensure that H-2A nonimmigrant sheep/goat herders may only fill temporary and/or seasonal herder positions, and that petitioners filing petitions for permanent sheep/goat herders comply with the requirements applicable to permanent positions.

Under the PM, H-2A sheep/goat herder petitions will be subject to the same temporary or seasonal need analysis that applies to all other H-2A petitions, and petitions seeking to hire H-2A sheep/goat herders for 364-day back-to-back periods (or similarly lengthy, consecutive periods for the same job duties for a sheep/goat herder position) with no material or meaningful break between them will not be approved if the petitioner cannot prove it has a temporary or seasonal need for the workers. This PM will ensure that USCIS consistently applies H-2A regulations on temporariness and seasonality to H-2A sheep/goat herder petitions, and that the wages and working conditions of similarly situated U.S. workers are not depressed by the employment of H-2A temporary workers.

This PM will assist in safeguarding the integrity of the H-2A program, which was intended for agricultural labor or services that are temporary or seasonal in nature. Adjudicating the temporariness and seasonality of H-2A sheep/goat herder petitions with the same criteria as other H-2A petitions will also support consistency and fairness while protecting the interests of U.S. workers (for example, their wages and job opportunities). The PM is not intended to alter current policy or practice for the adjudication of non-sheep herding or goat herding H-2A petitions, but to ensure that USCIS adjudicates all H-2A sheep/goat herder petitions on a case-by-case basis, considering the totality of the facts presented, and in the same manner as all other H-2A petitions, consistent with the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and existing regulations.

Effective June 1, 2020, USCIS will adjudicate any Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, filed by petitioners seeking H-2A sheep/goat herder positions in line with this PM. USCIS believes the future effective date allows H-2A petitioners to amend their practices, as necessary.

This PM is being issued in response to a lawsuit brought by worker advocates challenging USCIS adjudications of H-2A sheep herding and goat herding petitions and the D.C. Circuit’s order in that case. Hispanic Affairs Project v. Acosta, 901 F.3d 378, 386 (D.C. Cir. 2018). USCIS agrees with the order and interprets the D.C. Circuit Court’s opinion as indicating that consecutive, back-to-back 364-day approvals of H-2A sheep/goat herder petitions (or similarly lengthy, consecutive periods for the same job duties for a sheep/goat herder position) with no material or meaningful break between them would violate the INA and Department of Homeland Security regulations, absent a petitioner establishing that its need is in fact seasonal or temporary.

USCIS welcomes comments on the PM, the proposed effective date, potential cost savings or increases, impacts on filing practices, and other topics that are the focus of this PM via the Policy Memoranda for Comment page. USCIS will review and consider all comments received during the 30-day comment period from Nov. 14 to Dec. 14, 2019, and may subsequently publish a revised PM, as needed. The guidance contained in the PM will be controlling and will supersede any prior guidance regarding the determination of temporary or seasonal need for H-2A sheep and goat herder petitions.

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Rushed early morning burial angers family, residents

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There was drama in Magumu in Kinangop Nyandarua County after a family decided to bury a kin three days before the set burial date.

The hurried burial of 34-year-old Walter Makumi triggered protest from a section of family members and villagers who had settled for next Saturday as the burial day.

According to witnesses, the burial took place in the wee hours of Wednesday without the knowledge of his wife Jane WanjiruMakumi who worked as technician at Kihara Hospital in Kiambu died last week due to kidney complications and was set to be buried on November 16.

However, his brothers who had a burial permit managed to collect the body without the knowledge of the wife and buried it in their father’s farm in a hushed ceremony.

Following the incident, the emotional Wanjiru and her relatives trooped to the home, but they were kept at bay by their in-laws who termed them as ‘strangers.’According to Wanjiru, trouble started last week when the relatives on two occasions decided to shift the bodies from mortuaries without consulting her.

Tears rolling down her cheeks, she said that the move was meant to lock her from some property that her husband owned and his relatives wanted to take over.“We have been married for eight years and have two boys, but I have been locked out of the burial arrangements as they are after my husband properties,” she said.

Magumu Location Chief Ng’ang’a Njuguna said there was little they could do to stop the burial as the family had a legal burial permit

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